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Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!
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Psychology & Social Studies - Applied

Course Code(s):  5M2786 OFPS
QQI Award Code:  5M2786 Community Care
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2786 OFPS
QQI Award Code 5M2786 Community Care
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to give students an insight into areas of Psychology and Social Studies with a view to further studies in these areas or to enable others to plan a career in the caring professions.

What will you Study?

Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Care Provision and Practice 5N2705
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Social Studies 5N1370
Child Development 5N1764
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Complementary Medicine
Word Processing 5N1358
Sign Language
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DCHCC 5M2786

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Further Research

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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Social & Caring
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.

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